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[ATG: Criminal charges filed in Fayette County forged prescriptions case]
Start Date: 11/14/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/14/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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JOINT NEWS RELEASE:
Office of the Indiana Attorney General and
Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Criminal charges filed in Fayette County forged prescriptions case

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. – The Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office has filed criminal charges against three defendants based on an investigation conducted by the Indiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of alleged multiple instances of forged prescriptions for narcotic painkillers at the Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville.   The criminal charges allege two physicians pre-signed prescription forms and a physician’s assistant then completed writing the unauthorized prescriptions for controlled substances without the physicians seeing the patients involved.  Based on the MFCU investigation in which the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bette Jo Jones of the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office filed multiple counts of Class A, Class B and Class C felonies against the three defendants.  The Fayette County Circuit Court found probable cause for various charges and issued arrest warrants and the DEA served the warrants today.

 “Overprescribing of powerful opiate painkillers across our state has contributed in part to the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Indiana and fueled addiction at the expense of patients’ safety and health.  The Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force has worked with legislators, the Medical Licensing Board and health officials on approaches to diminish the problem of overprescribing.  We appreciate the Fayette County Prosecutor’s filing the serious charges here given the MFCU investigation finding multiple instances where prescribing laws were allegedly violated,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said.

The defendants and charges for which the court found probable cause are as follows:

  • Jeff Ferryman, 50, a physician’s assistant, is charged with six Class A felony counts and one Class B felony count of dealing in a narcotic drug, and seven counts of forgery as a Class C felony.

 

  • Daniel Palmer, MD, 56, is charged with seven Class A felony counts and one Class B felony count of conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug, 10 counts of conspiracy to commit forgery as a Class C felony, and two Class A felony counts of conspiracy to commit dealing in a controlled substance.

 

  • David N. Ringel, MD, 54, is charged with four Class B felony counts of conspiracy to commit dealing in a controlled substance and four Class C felony counts of conspiracy to commit forgery.

The new charges against Ferryman, Palmer and Ringel follow earlier charges the Fayette County Prosecutor previously filed against David M. Wulff, a physician’s assistant who was employed at the same facility.  Wulff is charged and awaits trial in Fayette County on charges of dealing in narcotics, dealing in controlled substances, forgery and acquiring controlled substances by fraud.

All defendants accused of crimes are considered innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.  The Fayette County Circuit Court ordered all three defendants held without bond until their initial hearings.  Ferryman has surrendered his DEA license which means he can no longer prescribe any controlled substance.

More information about the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force is found at the web site, www.BitterPill.in.gov

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Contact Information:
Name: Bryan Corbin
Phone: 317.233.3970
Email: Bryan.Corbin@atg.in.gov
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